kaj-ii's Beer Universe Profile

Personal Information
  • Username:
    kaj-ii
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Location:
    Macon, North Carolina
    United States
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  • Brief Bio:
    Originally from FL and NJ, I personally started drinking Craft Beer's over 25 years ago when it wasn't even the thing to do. When I was younger I traveled alot into the New England states, that is where I got my love for beers. Now live in NC and The Craft Beer Industry is booming here. Now I am on a mission to try them all, at least once. Love all types of beer except Domestic Brews (Re: Bud, Coors, Miller. ect...)

    Also check my page on Facebook when you get a chance...



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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    Sour Ale
  • Favorite Beer:
    Russian River Consecration
  • Ratings Submitted:
  • Reviews Contributed:
    778
  • Added:
    300 Beers, 2 Bars, 4 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    0
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    1
  • Group Name:
    Brown Ale Lovers
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Jul 9, 2014

    Hoppyum IPA
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

    The pour was a hazy medium amber orange with an average (1-2 finger) white sudsy head that slowly receded, down to a medium film and large collar with excellent sticky lacing.

    The aroma was of grain malts, floral and pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange).

    The taste was a bit malty with a hint of caramel and a mild citrus sweetness early on, progressing with a nice bitter piney hop taste, a bit of grapefruit with a mildly bitter floral ending. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a hoppy citrus taste left behind to linger on the taste buds.

    Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry yet somewhat creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

    Overall this is a very simple IPA, a dose of hops, caramel and a touch of citrus. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go. Simply delicious...

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    Serving type: 22oz Bottle
  • May 29, 2014

    Celt Experience Native Storm
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 3/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

    The pour was a lightly cloudy medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 fingers) off white frothy head that reduced down to a puddled film and large collar with good sticky spotty lacing.

    The aroma was moderately malty with a biscuit malt, light floral hops and a sweet doughy yeast along with notes of caramel, citrus (orange and tangerine) and a mild fruity ester (raisons and figs).

    The taste was good and malty with a moderate caramel sweetness which was present throughout, and then progressed with a bit of fruitiness along with a mild hop presence and a good bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a sweet bitter citrusy taste lingering on the taste buds for a bit longer.

    Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a watery yet dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

    Overall I really enjoyed drinking this brew, it possessed just the right balance of sweet malts and bitter hops...

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    Serving type: 375ml Bottle
  • May 28, 2014

    Weeping Radish Ruddy Radish
    2.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 2/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

    The pour was a cloudy medium copper orange with an average (1-2 fingers) light tan sudsy head that receded steadily until fully diminished and had poor spotty lacing.

    The aroma was of a toasted bread malt, light citrus hops and a doughy yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester.

    Taste was malty sweet with a touch of toffee at first, progressing with a mild fruitiness, a slight tartness and a citrus peel bite at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow, with the light bitterness giving way to a mild sweetness that lingered on the taste buds for a short time longer.

    Mouthfeel was light in body with a mildly dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

    Overall this was a very unique tasting Red Ale. Fruity yet bitter, sour yet sweet, most definitely an enjoyable brew...

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    Serving type: 22oz Bottle
  • Apr 22, 2014

    Lagunitas Brown Shugga'
    3.6
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5

    [Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

    The pour was a clear medium brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored sudsy head that lasted for a good while, finally reducing down to a thin film and large collar with good streaky lacing.

    The aroma was boldly sweet upfront with sweet bread malts, light pine and citrus hops and a sweet doughy yeast along with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), a dark fruity ester (figs and dates) and a mild alcohol tinge.

    The taste was extremely malty sweet with a big caramel presence from the start to the finish, progressing with a moderate hoppiness, a slight citrus peel bitterness, a mild yeasty appeal and a strong presence of fruit along and ended with overwhelming alcohol taste. The flavor lasted a bit long in duration, with the bitter sweet alcohol taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

    Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit syrupy in texture with an almost medium carbonation.

    Overall this was an impressive Barley Wine, with the fruity sweetness being balanced very well by the somewhat bitter hoppy flavor. This did take a little off the huge alcohol presence, but just a little...

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    Serving type: 12oz Bottle
  • Apr 22, 2014

    Big Boss Monkey Bizz-ness
    3.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

    The pour was a murky dark apricot orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a large puddled film and medium collar with good spotty lacing.

    The aroma was of sweet biscuit malts and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, coriander, a somewhat pronounced fruity ester (apple, peach and banana) and a definite presence of alcohol.

    The taste was extremely malty sweet with a note of toffee at first, and then proceeded to have a strong presence of yeast, a bit of fruitiness with a mildly spicy and bold alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for an average time with the yeasty fruitiness giving was to a strong sweet alcohol warming sensation...

    Mouthfeel was just about medium in body and a tad syrupy in texture with a good lively carbonation.

    Overall this was a pretty good brew with the strong yeast flavor and fruity esters blending very well with the sweet malts. However I feel the high ABV that is quite prominent in this brew, was a bit too much…

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    Serving type: 12oz Bottle
  • Apr 21, 2014

    Brekles Brown Ale
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

    The pour was a dark caramel brown with a large (3-4 finger) light brown sudsy head that lasted pretty much throughout, reducing slightly to a large cap and had good spotty lacing.

    The aroma was of a sweet toasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a doughy yeast along with notes of toffee, coffee, and dark fruit (plums).

    The taste was lightly malty sweet with a pinch of toffee from the get go, progressing with a light roasty coffee presence and a mildly bitter hoppy ending. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a mildly roasty sweet fruity taste left behind.

    Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a thin dry texture and a mild carbonation.

    Overall this was a very tasty and well balanced Brown Ale, which had a smooth and roasty aftertaste that just left you wanting another sip...

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    Serving type: 12oz Bottle
  • Apr 21, 2014

    Old Town Brown (Cask)
    2.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 2.5/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

    The pour was a murky dark mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that was mostly diminishing, leaving behind a medium collar and fair runny lacing.

    The aroma was rather mild of toasted dark malts and a light doughy yeast with hints of coffee and a bit of chocolate.

    The taste was mildly malty sweet with just a touch of milk chocolate in the beginning, changing slightly to a mildly bitter roasty coffee presence at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time after the swallow, with the light roastiness fading quickly off the taste buds.

    Mouthfeel was a few steps light of medium in body with a somewhat watery texture and a mild carbonation.

    Overall as Brown Ale's go, I found this one to be a rather average representation of the style...

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    Serving type: 12oz Bottle
  • Apr 21, 2014

    Piraat Ale
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    [Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

    The pour was a hazy burnt orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a medium film and collar with very good spotty lacing.

    The aroma was lightly sweet with a light bread malt, floral hops and a sweet Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (orange), a strong fruity ester (apple, pear and pineapple), a hint of spice and a decent alcohol tinge.

    The taste was malty sweet with just a touch of a citrusy sweetness early on, becoming quite yeasty and just a tad bitter with a sweet fruity alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter fruity alcohol warming fading slowly, leaving behind a slightly spicy bite that hit you right in the back of the throat.

    Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a lightly syrupy texture and a ticklish carbonation.

    Overall I found this to be a fantastic brew with tons of flavor. It had it all, the perfect balance of a fruity citrusy sweetness, a bold yeastiness and a moderate hop bitterness. This allowed the mellowing of the high ABV, thus creating a most wonderful drinking experience...

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    Serving type: 750ml Bottle